DOG TRICK: Shoot the Hoop

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Almost all pet owners want to impress their friends and family with dog tricks that their dogs can perform.  

By Miss Moneypenny, Guest Dog Blogger,

Shoot the Hoop is a great dog trick to teach before March Madness begins.  If your dog is a fast learner, that is definitely a plus, because this trick is a little involved.

This dog trick includes the combination of GET and DROP.

Teach Get

To teach your dog to GET a toy, start by giving a treat each time your dog pays attention to the toy, then only when he touches the toy, then only when he picks up the toy and finally one when he picks up the toy and brings it to you.

Teach Drop

You can teach DROP by physically opening your dog’s mouth, while using the word DROP.

Teaching to hold a basketball

To teach your dog to hold a basketball you’ll need to first grab a light ball, such as a beach ball, and allow your dog a few moments to get used with it by throwing it towards it. If your pooch goes after it and tries to bring it back, reward it with a snack.  As soon as it learns how to handle this ball, switch it with a heavier basket ball and repeat the exercises. It should learn to use its nose and lift the basketball off the ground. You can also slightly deflate the basketball so it is easier to hold.

Remember that this is a difficult trick and it requires a lot of time, energy and dedication to complete it successfully.

Now for the Hoop Shot.

Hold the hoop in your lap and say GET toy.  When your dog gets near to drop the toy into your hand, move the hoop so he drops the toy into it and say DROP.

Later, when your dog is regularly dropping the toy in the hoop, say SHOOT THE HOOP DROP.  Then overtime say SHOOT THE HOOP drop with the drop quieter than shoot the hoop.

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